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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 31 July 2020 Under Recruitment

Call for Candidates - Communications Experts in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific


Multiple Duty Stations, various

To be determined


Project Implementation Unit, Technical Support Coordination Office, Regional and Technical Integration Bridge,
Member Services and Development Department
WMO is committed to achieving diversity and a balanced workforce. Applications are welcome from qualified women and men, including those with disabilities. The statutory retirement age after 1 January 2014 is 65. For external applicants, only those who are expected to complete the term of appointment will normally be considered.

Under the overall guidance of the Director, Technical Support Coordination (D/TSC), Member Services and Development (MS) Department, and the direct supervision of the Head, Project Implementation Unit (H/PIU), and in close collaboration with the Intra-ACP Project Team, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Develop a knowledge base of best practices from project implementation to strengthen regional and national engagements to support improvement of climate information systems and to inform other climate financing mechanisms how to best scale up programmes and target development funding;

2. Support the development of a repository and knowledge management platform of climate services best practices based on activities in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions and in collaboration with project partners;

3. Coordinate communication and outreach in support of strengthening the climate services value chain in the ACP regions;

4. Carry-out any other relevant duties as required.

Duties include:

i. Develop case studies on climate services based on activities in the ACP regions;
ii. Support the publication and dissemination of the above best practices and studies, including at the annual Intra-ACP forums;
iii. Coordinate with partners to establish and maintain a repository and knowledge management platform to foster dialogue exchange of experiences in the ACP regions and facilitate linkages with existing mechanisms and platforms;
iv. Support the organization of the Intra-ACP Annual Forum;
v. Carry-out communications and visibility activities in close collaboration with the ACP Secretariat and partner organizations, and interacting, as necessary, with the WMO Communications and Public Affairs Office; activities to include:
vi. Working with the press and media to communicate project achievements including via press releases and press conferences;
vii. Support the maintenance social media presence (dedicated project social media accounts with appropriate branding);
viii. Producing and disseminating electronic newsletters (frequency to be agreed upon), online articles and blogs as appropriate to inform target audiences.

Master’s degree or equivalent in international relations, communications, political science, journalism or liberal arts, or a closely related field.

At least three years of combined national and international progressively responsible experience in communications, public information, and/or international relations, of which at least two years in an international organization discharging similar communications/visibility and events management duties.

Other requirements
• Familiarity with climate change adaptation matters, and, in particular, the challenges faced in Africa, Caribbean and/or the Pacific by Meteorological Services and by sectoral users in providing and using climate services;
• Knowledge of climate-related activities of WMO and/or other United Nations agencies is highly desirable;
• Familiarity with the Communication and Visibility Requirements for EU External Actions is desirable;
• Ability to produce publications, as well as draft speeches or notes for public addresses. Ability to express ideas convincingly and concisely orally, via infographics, in writing and in video;
• Experience in organizing large international meetings including development of agendas, identification of speakers and participants, and arranging meeting logistics;
• Sense of responsibility, good judgement, originality of ideas and an ability to work independently and in a team. Excellent communication and analytical skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and web-related applications. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to foster diversity and team spirit.

Excellent knowledge of English (both oral and written). Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other official languages of the Organization would be an advantage.

(Note: The official languages of the Organization are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
The Secretary-General may appoint a candidate at a grade below the advertised grade of the post, with the possibility of promotion to that grade within three years of appointment, subject to satisfactory appraisal of performance.
This position is funded from extra-budgetary resources. Possibility of renewal subject to performance and availability of funds. The consultancy will be on average 3-4 months per year over 4 years. Remuneration will be based on experience.
Additional Information:
Only applicants in whom WMO has a further interest will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit a written assessment and/or an interview.
Date of issue of vacancy notice: 3 July 2020

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